Whenever I start planning a new year of home education I’m reminded again of the fact that each of my children are unique and what might have been good for one may not be the right choice for another at the same age. So just when I thought I should have all this figured out the seventh time around, I’ve been mulling over a few niggling thoughts I’ve had about Moozle’s Year 7 content, trying to discern what is best for this girl of mine:
We’re going into Week 4 tomorrow and I wanted to wait for a few weeks before I posted what we’ll be doing to see how my ideas work out in practice. I’ve made a few adjustments for different reasons, which I’ll explain as I go, while still keeping to the basic structure of Ambleside Online Year 7 (because Years 7 & 8 are two of my favourite AO years!)
The main changes are:
I’ve used the first two books on the AO schedule for this year with Moozle’s older siblings but the more I thought and prayed about what I should be doing, the more I’ve felt sure that what she needs at the moment lies in the way of story. It’s not so much that the books are challenging – she’s an advanced reader – but it’s the spiritual aspects and the ‘didactic’ approach that I don’t think she’s ready for. Biographies, on the other hand, I know she will relate to. These are the books we’ll be using instead – the first two (set in India & China respectively) serve the double purpose of devotional reading and books set in Asia/Pacific, which I cover because of their proximity to Australia and our connections with people from that area. (I’ve linked to reviews I’ve written on some of them):
* Ten Fingers for God by Dorothy Wilson
** The Small Woman by Alan Burgess
*** The Root of the Righteous by A.W. Tozer – now this isn’t a biography but I’ve included this in third term as an introduction to the devotional book scene because its a book I love and Tozer uses the analogy of the tree and its fruit so the book has the feel of a parable.
We’ll be doing the AO scheduled readings (scroll down the page) except for The Magna Carta. Instead I’ll schedule the book below over a few weeks because I have it & it’s good. (181 pages)
Science & Natural History
We won’t be doing First Studies of Plant Life or Adventures with a Microscope and will be substituting a couple of Australian titles:
A Bush Calendar by Amy Mack
First Studies in Plant Life by William Gillies. This is different to the one mentioned above (both the Aussie titles are free online)
We’re also doing Apologia’s Anatomy & Physiology and using some of these free resources I put together a couple of years ago for her brother. I usually do this in Year 6 but I didn’t want Moozle to miss out on the excellent Science selections scheduled in that year. I’ll be cutting out some of the activities in the Apologia book, I think.
We’ll be using the books pictured below for Music & Architecture in addition to our regular composer & picture study.
The Gift of Music by Jane Stuart Smith & Betty Carlson – I’m reading this aloud & this term we’ll just be covering a few Baroque composers.
Cathedral by David Macaulay
String, Straight Edge, & Shadow by Julia E. Diggins – scroll down to see an overview of the book on the link. This is really the story of geometry but it dovetails nicely with the study of architecture and helps the reader to appreciate the significance of the Golden Mean in art and architecture…
Richard the Third
We’re still reading the Life of Julius Caesar and have three more weeks left until we finish. We’ll have a break before we start another life and just concentrate on Shakespeare for awhile.
We’re continuing with French for Children B and there’s quite a bit of grammar included so our English grammar study is taking a back seat for the time being.
We’re still slowly going through Our Roman Roots by James R. Leek.